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The party season is officially upon us. Christmas and the New Year provide us two great reasons to get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate. So, the chances are that, over the coming week or so, you are going to be invited for drinks, a special meal or a celebratory party. Now, is a great time to make sure you are ready to attend those special events. Putting off doing this any longer is just going to leave you stressed and having to buy an outfit that you are not 100% happy with. With this in mind, we have put together this quick checklist style article to help you to get party ready, as soon as possible.

Sort out your dress or outfit

Getting your party outfit out and trying everything on, right now, is a good idea. This is the only way to be certain that everything fits, is in good condition and looks good together. If you do it right now, you will have enough time to remedy any issues you find. There is plenty of partywear available at JD Williams, so finding what you need will not be an issue. It should only take you 30 or 40 minutes to find the perfect dress and accessories and place your order.  

Book a hair appointment

At this time of the year, hairdressers get very busy. So, if you have not already done so, book yourself an appointment with your favourite salon. It is worth setting aside some extra time and cash to have your hair coloured or deep-conditioned.

Enjoy some spa or beauty treatments

Do the same for your skin. Treat yourself to some deep-cleansing and conditioning treatments. This will help you to look your very best in the photos.

Remember to book yourself an appointment to get any hair removal that you need to be done. If you will be leaving your arms or legs bare, consider having a spray tan as well.

Top up your personal care products

Double-check that you have plenty of your skincare and personal beauty products available, at home. Pay particular to your makeup, especially if you are planning to use items that you do not normally wear.

If you are trying out a new look, take the time to do a couple of practice runs. This will help you to tweak things so that your makeup looks flawless for the party. You can find some great party makeup tips and inspiration, here.

Break your shoes in

If you are going to be wearing a new pair of shoes or boots, it is wise to break them in first. You will only have to wear them around the house over the course of a weekend to stretch them enough. When you can get up and dance to your heart’s content you will glad that you took the time to wear them in, a bit.

Some partywear style advice

If you are still not sure what your party look is going to be for this festive season, go online and get some inspiration. There are plenty of party styling articles out there. You should also find this article that I wrote recently about creating a unique evening look helpful too.

On Thursday 23 November Connaught Village will be holding a Christmas Shopping Evening to celebrate the festive season and brand new Christmas lights. The fun-filled evening will take place from 3-8pm where exclusive in-store discounts can be enjoyed, along with offers, activities and music throughout the village’s 45 shops and restaurants, close to Hyde Park.

Carol singing from local choirs will entertain shoppers as they make their way around the luxury shopping and dining destination under the sparkling lights.

Free activities include festive floral headband making and face painting for children, hot chocolate, and complimentary in-store Prosecco and mulled wine. Many of Connaught Village’s premium retailers will be offering one-off masterclasses and tutorials such as PDN London (style tutorials every hour), Abasto (empanadas masterclass), Buchanans Cheesemonger (cheese and wine pairing), Connaught Cellars (wine tasting) and Medicetics (free skin analysis).

Shoppers will be treated with exclusive discounts at many of the boutiques including Lucy Choi LondonME+EMEliza Jane HowellThe Place London for Men and WomenFé Hair & BeautyMud AustraliaDaniel Mikhael Hair and Beauty, Kokoro, De Roemer, The Dresser and Viola. Finish your Christmas shopping with a delicious meal and drink at one of the independent restaurants or cafés such as Bombay PalaceColbehCasa MalevoPardis and Markus Coffee.

Connaught Village is also supporting local charity COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care) where shoppers can make a charity donation if they wish on the evening.

Participating: 10% discount in Bombay Palace, Buchanans Cheesemonger, Casa Malevo, Colbeh, De Roemer, Markus Coffee, Medicetics, Mud Australia, Pardis Restaurant and The Dresser. 15% discount in Connaught Cellars, Daniel Mikhael Hair and Beauty, Fé Hair & Beauty, Kokoro, Lucy Choi London, ME+EM, The Place London for Men and Women and Viola, 20% discount in Eliza Jane Howell

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On Thursday 16 November, Seven Dials are inviting you to join them celebrating the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch on, shopping party and sing your heart out with an immersive performance by festival choir Some Voices.

The fun filled evening includes an exclusive 20% discount and experiences from more than 70 brands including Benefit, Pierre Herme, FRESH, Larsson and Jennings, Tredwell’s, Dinny Hall, Rixo, Urban Outfitters, Fred Perry, Office, Duke and Dexter, Vans, Knomo and Finisterre.

The Seven Dials Loves Christmas launch is free, to register for a ticket visit SevenDials.co.uk. Ticket holders can grab a free glass of Glögg, the classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine from Nordic Bakery at their pop up bar on Earlham Street, with free street food tacos by Monmouth Kitchen on Monmouth Street.

Try your hand at free wreath making on Earlham Street, or take your purchased gifts to the free gift wrapping station* on Neal Street. The lights switch on at 6.30pm will take place around the central iconic Seven Dials monument, which will transform Seven Dials into a festive wonderland to be enjoyed throughout Christmas.

A bespoke musical arrangement has been created for switch on moment by Some Voices, which will see seven festival songs performed including All You Need Is Love, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, and Stay by this mega-choir. This is set to be one of the largest gatherings of the festival choir collective to date.

Also, opening on the night is the Seven Dials Loves Christmas pop-up, including a Christmas floristry from tea experts, Tregothnan. Here they will sell their traditional wreaths, edible festival garlands and their British teas in baubles. The pop-up will also host a series of free festive workshops at 37 Neal Street, open for three weeks only. Including bauble calligraphy, bespoke cracker rolling, fashion illustration, Christmas cocktails and wreath making, as well as free Seven Dials wrapping paper available while stocks last*.

To register for a free ticket for the Christmas light switch on, and workshops please visit SevenDials.co.uk.

Seven Dials is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping needs and experiences. With quality British brands, high profile international labels, one-off flagship boutiques, beauty and grooming salons and a host of unique restaurants.

Keep up to date with all activities at SevenDials.co.uk and follow @7DialsLondon

As Christmas fast approaches, your thoughts should be turning to ideas about gifts and seasonal treats. Well we have something that can combine these things. A Festive Afternoon Tea that can be the fuel for Christmas shopping of an early festive gift for a loved one!  It can be difficult to choose the perfect gift every year but for the foodie in the family, this year Westminster Abbey will be serving up something quite special.

On 27th November, the Cellarium Café & Terrace at Westminster Abbey – one of London’s most iconic landmarks – will be launching its Christmas afternoon tea.

The specially curated festive themed menu, served in historic surroundings will see guests indulge in an assortment of classic afternoon tea items made with traditional Christmas ingredients. From a Brussel sprout and Stilton tart, to a chocolate ganache topped gingerbread star, accompanied with Christmas spiced teas and/or a cranberry Bellini, the food and the venue combined will certainly serve for an afternoon of celebration.

Priding themselves on their hospitality, the Benedictine monks began the tradition of serving food and wine to Abbey visitors using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, something that award-winning food company Benugo continues to do today. The Cellarium Café & Terrace sits within the ancient cellars at the heart of Westminster Abbey and is the perfect place to immerse oneself in such an indulgent British tradition.

Whether it’s a gift, a special treat to welcome the festive season or for those simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets, visit the Abbey for breath-taking views, fantastic history and a truly memorable experience.

The Christmas afternoon tea will be served daily between 12.00 – 4.00pm in the Westminster Abbey’s Cellarium Café & Terrace. £21.50 per person, or £25 for those wishing to enjoy a cranberry Bellini. Reservations are recommended and can be made by emailingwestminsterabbey@benugo.com or calling 020 7222 0516.

For further information, please visit www.cellariumcafe.com. To join in the conversation, visit Benugo on Twitter, @benugo, and Instagram, @benugoUK.

A wise website once said - those who morn the summer are right misery guts.. those that embrace colder days have the best bloody festive time ever.

So with that in mind, if you need a little nudge to welcome back that big coat out of the cupboard with open arms look no further than booking a little R&R in K-West over the festive period.

The wreath is up on the front door and the mistletoe is hanging in the lobby... K-hristmas has arrived at K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd’s Bush! For those looking for a Silent Night after a day of rockin’ around Westfield London, one of Europe’s largest shopping destinations, K West is offering four exclusive packages for Winter 2017.

Wrap Up – 20% off Bed & Breakfast
The Wrap Up package includes accommodation across all room categories, a delicious cooked breakfast in Studio Kitchen the following morning, and a festive cocktail upon arrival. Valid from 20 November 2017 until 28 February 2018.

Chill In – 20% off Stay & Spa
Guests can treat themselves or a loved one to a city spa retreat with 20% off, including accommodation in one of the comfortable guestrooms, a cooked breakfast, and relaxing 30-minute treatment at the award-winning K Spa.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – 25% off during Christmas
Guests can enjoy a 25% discount off the Best Available Rate across all room categories between Sunday 17 and Wednesday 27 December 2017.

Party into 2018 – NYE 2017
Guests will not have to worry about the taxi ride home as the package includes an overnight stay, a cooked breakfast in Studio Kitchen the next morning and late checkout at 1pm on 1 January 2018.